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Orange County Law Enforcement on High Alert for Alleged Cop Killer

Anyone who drove the freeways this morning could not help but notice the massive police presence throughout Orange County.  Orange County Sheriff and local police vehicles were stationed every couple of miles in all directions — in medians, along the shoulders, and at major on- and off-ramps.  We saw an Orange County Sheriff’s vehicle on the northbound Ortega/I-5 on-ramp, and multiple vehicles along the 5 and 73 freeways both north and southbound.

One can only conclude that they are searching for Christopher Jordan Dorner, the former LAPD officer and Naval reservist who published a rage-filled manifesto threatening revenge on LAPD officers and their families (KTLA has published the manifesto here).  He is suspected in the murder of a young Irvine couple, and in the shootings of three police officers last night in Riverside County.  Dorner is believed to be driving a blue or gray 2005 Nissan Titan with a license plate of 8D83987 or 7X03191, although there have been reports that he may be using another license plate to avoid detection.

To all Orange County law enforcement personnel out there — be safe and may you quickly find this man and bring him to justice.

UPDATE: If you drive a truck matching the description of the suspect’s vehicle, it might be best to stay at home today.  A strange story grows stranger, and more tragic.

UPDATE: Irvine Police post additional personnel at certain Irvine schools.  Below is an excerpt from an IUSD email blast:

Dear IUSD community member:

In response to recent events involving a former LAPD officer wanted in connection with at least three homicides, the Irvine Police Department has stationed additional officers at several IUSD schools. This action was taken in an abundance of caution following a report that five Irvine students are family members of law enforcement officials who may have been targeted by the suspect.

Our understanding is that some of the families involved have elected to keep their children at home pending further information. Regardless, IPD will maintain a presence at Irvine and Woodbridge high schools, Lakeside and Venado middle schools, and Stone Creek Elementary School, providing additional support throughout the district as needed.

Again, please know that the schools themselves are not targets, and no student has been specifically named; only individuals associated with the former officer’s dismissal have been reported as potential targets.

The safety of students and staff is the No. 1 priority of the Irvine Unified School District, and we are incredibly fortunate to have a close partnership with the Irvine Police Department. More information will be provided by IPD and our district as it becomes available. In the meantime we appreciate your patience and support.

Terry L. Walker

UPDATE: With the search now focused on Big Bear, the Patch reports that a sighting of Dorner at JSerra High School was a false alarm.

Turned out, it belonged to a school employee, said spokeswoman Amanda Samaan.

“There was confusion in that we have a security guard that just so happened to fit the same description,” she said. “However, it was not the ex-LAPD officer.”

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